JJ’s Sweets distributing new candy nationwide

BOULDER – Candymaker JJ’s Sweets of Boulder has increased production of a new natural and organic confection that is being distributed to stores nationwide.

The chocolate-covered Cocomels are handcrafted non-GMO, dairy- and gluten-free coconut milk caramels covered with a layer of vegan dark chocolate. They are available in sea salt, vanilla and espresso varieties.

Cocomels also can be found throughout the United States at Fresh and Easy, Earth Fare, The Fresh Market, Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, Sprouts, PCC, New Leaf Market, Erewon, Lassen’s, Mother’s Market, Dean and Deluca, MOMs. They also are available at Whole Foods Markets in the Rocky Mountain region.

JJ’s Sweets, led by founder JJ Rademaekers, was able to ramp up production after receiving a $40,000 loan in February through Austin, Texas-based Whole Foods’ Local Producer Loan Program.

The money was used to purchase chocolate enrobing equipment, said Saskia Cervantes, director of marketing for JJ’s Sweets.

“We launched the new Cocomels in April with Whole Foods Market in the Rocky Mountain region, and now we are opening up to nationwide distribution with the chocolates,” Cervantes said.

Since its inception in 2006, Whole Foods’ loan program has provided 184 loans totaling $25 million to 155 companies.

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